Emma Holland is almost finished with the renovation of The Brown Bear Lodge nestled just off the Pacific Coast 101 Highway in picturesque Justin Harbor, Oregon. Being a business owner in a small town isn’t easy, but Emma’s got more than enough determination—not to mention an excellent eye for interior design. There’s only one problem. One of her first guests of the season is someone she hoped she’d never see again.
As a famous landscape photographer, Connor Pearson has traveled far and wide following his dreams at the cost of losing his first love. Now, back in Justin Harbor, Connor is looking for more than just a place to stay. He’s looking for himself.
As Emma and Connor rediscover their lost friendship and seek to find common ground in the present, Connor feels the tug of his small town roots. Is it possible that a man who’s traveled the world could find his home where his dreams began? Can Emma come to terms with the fact that self-reliance isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? Will their bonds from the past weather the storms of the present?
As Easy as Riding a Bike will introduce you to the salty air and calming waters of Justin Harbor, the first novella in a series featuring small town women business owners.
I absolutely love a sweet romance story that effortlessly keeps me turning the pages and wanting more. This latest novella by Bell Renshaw does just that! This is the first novella in the Justin Harbor series and we are introduced to the charming town of Justin Harbor. I loved this story! For the longest time I was skeptical of novellas. I thought they were too short, lacked character development, and rushed through a story. If you have ever been disappointed by a novella, then please, please pick up one of Bell’s. She has a way of crafting a story that draws you in as a reader, allows you to get to know her characters and their personalities, while at the same time weaving in a well thought out plot that flows easily and never feels rushed. Now, I am not going to say that I have never been left wanting more…but that’s in a greedy–this is so good–I don’t want it to end–kind of way. I thought Emma and Connor’s story was so sweet. There were glimpses of past hurts that shaped their views and thoughts which really brought depth to their characters. I felt like this was more like a true to life love story than a fairy tale one, which is refreshing. Emma and Connor did not simply meet up and instantly fall in love. They had their pasts, their futures, and other obstacles to confront which made this story feel very genuine instead of unrealistic and forced. This story’s conclusion was perfect in my opinion. It gave me all the feels and smiles. No spoilers here! Anytime you you end the last page with a sigh and a smile you know it was a good read. I cannot wait to see what comes next in this series! And, how fun is that? A novella series? I love it! I definitely recommend this novella for fans of contemporary romance or anyone who wants a quick sweet read that will give you the warm fuzzies! Planning my next fictional vacation to Justin Harbor!
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*I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.